Violet Blue is creating cybersecurity news and a San Francisco memoir
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patrons

I'm Violet Blue. Some of you know me from the journalism world, where I've broken big stories about hacking and reported extensively about cybersecurity since 2010. Others may know me from being the first female podcaster, with my Open Source Sex podcast from 2004. Or, you might know me from my sex blog, which began in 2001, or my award-winning sex and erotica books, my books about digital security and privacy, or my appearance on Oprah to talk about women and porn. I write about hacking, security, privacy, and sex. 

Right now I need your help. I'm bootstrapping a weekly cybersecurity news roundup that's free for all to read, and it's an enormous amount of work. (Work that I love doing.) I'm also researching and writing a book about growing up in San Francisco and Silicon Valley as the child of a female Stanford engineer who became a high-volume drug dealer (and addict) -- that's my birth mother, who I discovered lied to me about who my real father is. I don't only want to tell my mother's story, or mine, but also the stories of the little kids I was on the streets with, and the place they occupy in San Francisco's rich history. 

You can read about my recent experience contacting the SFPD here.

I want to fund this book through Patreon, rather than a Kickstarter, so my patrons can participate closely in the process with me. 

Posts about this book will be private posts for the $25 level and up patrons.

This gets me closer to sustainability while I tackle the manuscript, and should help screen out the looky-loos a little bit. It establishes a relationship balanced on cash and access that's meaningful to me. At this level, every two weeks you'll get an update (one that is also sent to your inbox when I publish). You can give me feedback, ask questions, and comment privately. Every supporter at the $25 level and up will get a copy of the book when it's finished.

I hope you'll consider becoming a patron. If you follow my work, you see how hard I fight for at-risk populations to have a voice in their own conversations. My work draws attention to hypocrisy and injustice; it is powerfully grounded in gender and orientation inclusivity and diversity. Like my reporting on PayPal's financial discrimination against sex workers, and getting Tumblr's NSFW search reinstated properly. I regularly report on hacking issues that big outlets don't cover, attempt to cover up, or try to lie about. So you've seen how much I get attacked and censored (Libya, Apple, Focus on the Family, Amazon search, Facebook, and many more).

I've bootstrapped everything. I work at industry rates (which aren't great), I constantly have to chase down people who take months to pay invoices for my writing, and I was homeless as a kid, so I'm out here on the financial edge of things.

It's no secret that I'm having tough times financially, and so is almost every writer I know. The book industry is suffering and everyone who isn't lucky to have mainstream book industry privilege and access -- which gets you favored by algorithms -- is seeing sales on a hellish, slow decline. The journalism industry is incredibly lean (I know you see me hustling for writing gigs all the time - hire me!). This is complicated further by my (unfortunate) decision to support my now ex-partner for a period that ambushed my expectations (and my limits) by becoming a couple of years. It blows my mind that even with all I've accomplished, I'm still struggling.

Anything -- even from $1/month up -- is hugely helpful.

If you've read this far and don't feel like contributing, that's okay. You already have. And I thank you.

Thank you.
-Violet

Rewards
PATRON
$1 or more per month
As a patron, you have my gratitude and thanks. Plus the pride of knowing you're supporting a female writer in hacking, sex, and security who maintains an independent voice, is a fierce ally of LGBT people and target populations who face discrimination, as well as someone who fights censorship at every turn.
COFFEE
$3 or more per month
You're buying me a cup of coffee at a non-snooty cafe, the kind we'd actually hang out in. Your pledge will add up to a very meaningful amount over the course of a year.
INFORMATION WANTS TO BE FREE
$5 or more per month
My website is well-established, linked to from everywhere, 15 years old, gets an average of 350K visitors a month, and as you'd imagine, it gets attacked all the time. My server costs are real, and yet the information, news, entertainment, and education on the site has always been, and will always be, free. Same goes for my writing on security. This level of monthly pledge helps a lot.
HERO
$10 or more per month
Your support of $10 or more a month definitely gets you hero status. I have a number of $10 costs each month, and I deeply appreciate you carving out one of yours.
SUPERHERO
$25 or more per month
You were born a hero, and then you were either spanked by a god/goddess, or you had some rad accident in a lab that gave you powers beyond those of mortals. This kind of support heads into sustainability territory. If anyone ever steals your magical cape, call me -- I'll get it back.


You get access to my private posts. 

SUPERVILLIAN
$100 or more per month
How is this even a sponsorship level?!? Maybe because while some believe villains may never win, you know for sure that they have more fun... By helping people like me hatch master plans for upending censorship, calling out infosec hypocrites, skewering goody-goody PR flacks, exposing evil "real names" enforcers, and my general plan for world domination. It's unbelievable that anyone would contribute this generously, and yet, if you do, my gratitude will actually have me speechless.


You get access to my private posts. 

I'm Violet Blue. Some of you know me from the journalism world, where I've broken big stories about hacking and reported extensively about cybersecurity since 2010. Others may know me from being the first female podcaster, with my Open Source Sex podcast from 2004. Or, you might know me from my sex blog, which began in 2001, or my award-winning sex and erotica books, my books about digital security and privacy, or my appearance on Oprah to talk about women and porn. I write about hacking, security, privacy, and sex. 

Right now I need your help. I'm bootstrapping a weekly cybersecurity news roundup that's free for all to read, and it's an enormous amount of work. (Work that I love doing.) I'm also researching and writing a book about growing up in San Francisco and Silicon Valley as the child of a female Stanford engineer who became a high-volume drug dealer (and addict) -- that's my birth mother, who I discovered lied to me about who my real father is. I don't only want to tell my mother's story, or mine, but also the stories of the little kids I was on the streets with, and the place they occupy in San Francisco's rich history. 

You can read about my recent experience contacting the SFPD here.

I want to fund this book through Patreon, rather than a Kickstarter, so my patrons can participate closely in the process with me. 

Posts about this book will be private posts for the $25 level and up patrons.

This gets me closer to sustainability while I tackle the manuscript, and should help screen out the looky-loos a little bit. It establishes a relationship balanced on cash and access that's meaningful to me. At this level, every two weeks you'll get an update (one that is also sent to your inbox when I publish). You can give me feedback, ask questions, and comment privately. Every supporter at the $25 level and up will get a copy of the book when it's finished.

I hope you'll consider becoming a patron. If you follow my work, you see how hard I fight for at-risk populations to have a voice in their own conversations. My work draws attention to hypocrisy and injustice; it is powerfully grounded in gender and orientation inclusivity and diversity. Like my reporting on PayPal's financial discrimination against sex workers, and getting Tumblr's NSFW search reinstated properly. I regularly report on hacking issues that big outlets don't cover, attempt to cover up, or try to lie about. So you've seen how much I get attacked and censored (Libya, Apple, Focus on the Family, Amazon search, Facebook, and many more).

I've bootstrapped everything. I work at industry rates (which aren't great), I constantly have to chase down people who take months to pay invoices for my writing, and I was homeless as a kid, so I'm out here on the financial edge of things.

It's no secret that I'm having tough times financially, and so is almost every writer I know. The book industry is suffering and everyone who isn't lucky to have mainstream book industry privilege and access -- which gets you favored by algorithms -- is seeing sales on a hellish, slow decline. The journalism industry is incredibly lean (I know you see me hustling for writing gigs all the time - hire me!). This is complicated further by my (unfortunate) decision to support my now ex-partner for a period that ambushed my expectations (and my limits) by becoming a couple of years. It blows my mind that even with all I've accomplished, I'm still struggling.

Anything -- even from $1/month up -- is hugely helpful.

If you've read this far and don't feel like contributing, that's okay. You already have. And I thank you.

Thank you.
-Violet

Recent posts by Violet Blue

Rewards
PATRON
$1 or more per month
As a patron, you have my gratitude and thanks. Plus the pride of knowing you're supporting a female writer in hacking, sex, and security who maintains an independent voice, is a fierce ally of LGBT people and target populations who face discrimination, as well as someone who fights censorship at every turn.
COFFEE
$3 or more per month
You're buying me a cup of coffee at a non-snooty cafe, the kind we'd actually hang out in. Your pledge will add up to a very meaningful amount over the course of a year.
INFORMATION WANTS TO BE FREE
$5 or more per month
My website is well-established, linked to from everywhere, 15 years old, gets an average of 350K visitors a month, and as you'd imagine, it gets attacked all the time. My server costs are real, and yet the information, news, entertainment, and education on the site has always been, and will always be, free. Same goes for my writing on security. This level of monthly pledge helps a lot.
HERO
$10 or more per month
Your support of $10 or more a month definitely gets you hero status. I have a number of $10 costs each month, and I deeply appreciate you carving out one of yours.
SUPERHERO
$25 or more per month
You were born a hero, and then you were either spanked by a god/goddess, or you had some rad accident in a lab that gave you powers beyond those of mortals. This kind of support heads into sustainability territory. If anyone ever steals your magical cape, call me -- I'll get it back.


You get access to my private posts. 

SUPERVILLIAN
$100 or more per month
How is this even a sponsorship level?!? Maybe because while some believe villains may never win, you know for sure that they have more fun... By helping people like me hatch master plans for upending censorship, calling out infosec hypocrites, skewering goody-goody PR flacks, exposing evil "real names" enforcers, and my general plan for world domination. It's unbelievable that anyone would contribute this generously, and yet, if you do, my gratitude will actually have me speechless.


You get access to my private posts.